Sunday, May 17, 2009


How to Lose Your Job Teaching Greek

Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson: The Mind on Fire (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), p. 303-304 (on Jones Very):
In class he cried out to his astonished undergraduate students, "Flee to the mountains, for the end of all things is at hand." The Harvard authorities could no more tolerate this sort of challenge than they could Emerson's, and Very was relieved of his duties as Greek tutor.

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